Deputy behind bars

Yuba County sheriff’s deputy busted for pot in Pennsylvania, assault rifles in Butte County

Christopher Mark Heath, a Yuba County sheriff’s deputy who was arrested across the country Dec. 29 for allegedly transporting 250 pounds of marijuana, was arrested again Jan. 7 in Butte County.

Heath (pictured), a narcotics investigator for the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office, was one of three Butte County residents—along with Tyler Long and Ryan Folsone—arrested in Pennsylvania. During a subsequent search of their homes, detectives reportedly found two illegal assault rifles connected to Heath and his wife, Tatum Heath, according to a Butte County Sheriff’s Office press release.

On Jan. 7, detectives simultaneously served search warrants at five homes connected to Heath, Long and Folsone, including the home of Long’s mother, Ramona Long—where detectives reportedly found 132 pounds of pot. She was arrested for possession and cultivation of marijuana for sale.

Both Heaths were arrested and booked into Butte County Jail; his bail is $1 million.